The Call Reviews

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Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 6, 2014
This is a cleverly made, smartly written, totally satisfying armrest-gripper.
Andy Lea
Daily Star
October 1, 2013
Halle Berry delivers an emphatic reminder of her star status in this tightly-plotted low-budget thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 27, 2013
Relentlessly suspenseful, this lean thriller has an emotional subtext that makes it almost unbearably involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 20, 2013
The familiar serial-killer flick gets a welcome shakeup, upending the woman-as-victim cliché and offering a bracing new perspective on an oft-told tale.
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
September 20, 2013
The Call is the kind of vaguely smart, extremely gory gloop you should watch on TV, preferably when you're tucked up in bed with a delirium-inducing fever. That way, you won't notice when the script goes bonkers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
September 19, 2013
Berry and Breslin make a good women-in-peril double act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 19, 2013
It's a neat nerve-frayer with lessons for anyone finding themselves trapped in a confined space and needing to alert the outside world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
September 19, 2013
It's the trashy premise that hooks you in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
September 19, 2013
After this unusually well-made thriller builds suspense to almost unbearable levels, the filmmakers nearly throw everything away with a gear-change so contrived that we can't help but laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
September 19, 2013
Smartly directed and sharply written, The Call is a suspenseful and engaging thriller with superb performances from Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin, though it stumbles a little in the final act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
September 18, 2013
It's a tense, taut thriller that only eases off the tension in the final reel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 18, 2013
Tense, effective popcorn pulp that smashes to smithereens the tired trope of woman-as-victim.
Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film
September 13, 2013
Claustrophobic and low-key, the bulk of the film works brilliantly - helped in no small part by Berry's fantastically fractured performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Clay Cane
BET.com
July 21, 2013
'The Call' won't be a film we'll remember five years or even a year from now, but the popcorn flick isn't meant to rock the souls of viewers, it's meant to entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 26, 2013
With another whopper plot, this one's saved by a strong turn from Berry, a convincingly panicked performance by Breslin and, as one of the more incompetent screen villains in some time, Eklund.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
May 21, 2013
An effective thriller that does an ace job of maintaining your elevated heart rate
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 17, 2013
A straight-forward, race-against-time thriller...In an alternate universe, one imagines a disciple of Hitchcock making this film in real time and without any violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
May 12, 2013
Hi, I'd like to order an abduction thriller set around the 911 emergency call centre in Los Angeles. Sure, would you like a psycho with that? Ah yes, and while we're at it can I upsize to the hero being ...er, a heroine ... and black. Done
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
May 12, 2013
Tense and gripping nail-biter that involves us in the moment-by-moment revelations of a terrifying abduction case
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
May 3, 2013
A high-concept thriller that certainly has the potential to self-destruct... But genre specialist Brad Anderson gives it a taut, low-budget energy that keeps it pulsing throughout its entire running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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